2.23.2013

Futurama Quilt--Finished

Sorry for the delay in posting; I have gotten super sick TWICE since the new year. I actually had to take a sick day, and that was the first sick day I've taken in four years since I got the job.

However, I have health and time to post, so I thought I would skip right to pictures of the finished quilt.







There are some minor errors, but overall, I'm pleased with how the second one turned out. Since I had a good chunk left of the red fabric (and am trying to prevent a fabric stash accumulation in the apartment), I decided to make a drawstring bag for the quilt. I serged 99% of the bag together. For the top part of the bag, I used a flatlock stitch with my serger--this is the first special stitch. I practiced several times on scrap fabric--I was really nervous.



2.03.2013

Custom Closet Organization

I got fed up with my closet situation. This is typically what my closet looks like at the end of every week or two weeks.



I did try in December to fix the problem. I swapped out what I was using for T-shirts, pajama pants, and workout gear (an underbed box) for what I was using for my shoes (this carousel thing) because neither situation was working well. I used cardboard from Christmas orders to make dividers in the underbed box. I rolled up shirts to place in the shoe cubbies.

This fixed one problem, but created a new problem. To allow the shoe organizer with my shirts to extend all three tiers, I had to turn the plastic drawer organizer that I hold underwear and socks in sideways. I was good for....two days. And I got tired of shoving everything back in. Since I turned it 90 degrees to fit, every time I opened the drawer, the contents would  come out the side. Combine this with the fact I get dressed at about 5:30 in the dark every morning...I got super frustrated.

Since I have been making more things lately, I decided to make my own set of drawers. I used cardboard, a box cutter, duct tape and masking tape, glue dots, and scrapbook paper.

I made a huge mess while doing it...


...but I am really happy with the overall result.


I now have space to put things in, I have space to allow my carousel thingy to fully extend, it looks pretty, and the items don't come out of the drawer sideways! Quadruple win!



What organizing task have you taken upon yourself lately?

2.01.2013

The Futurama Quilt--Finished top!

At this point, I have finished sewing (a little bit each night) and pressing the top of the quilt.





To maximize cost, what I did for the previous one I made (and what I will do for this one) is create a runner strip along the back with the leftover white and red. This allows me to only use 2 yards of black fabric for the backing, and it allows me to use the extra pieces of white and red I have from the yardage I needed for all those squares.

1.29.2013

The Futurama Quilt--Pinning the blocks

For quilting, I try to take as many shortcuts as possible. I will pin together an entire row instead of two items at a time. I will chain items together instead of stopping to cut the thread in between small pieced items.

For this quilt, I pinned all the rows that had character faces together. I then pinned together the small sash rows that do not have characters.




From here, I find sewing to be rather quick. I am getting better about trimming all threads BEFORE I press so that I don't forget. With the thinner white fabric I purchased, this is really important to do.

Next up will be to pin and sew the rows together for the finished quilt top!

1.27.2013

Why Sewing is Awesome

I have had this bag since the 4th grade. My mom bought it for me to take along my books for violin lessons. It has served as a violin book bag, a beach tote, an overnight bag, a bag for books for grad school, and is currently the bag I use to tote papers and whatnot between school and home.

The strap finally wore out. I had repaired this before when the strap had just pulled out. This time, it clearly disintegrated.



I could throw away the tote bag and just get a new one. However, I really like it, it still functions fine (sans strap), and I have a sentimental attachment to it.

1 yard of new canvas strap, some thread, a machine, and 15 minutes later...



...my bag is restored.

What small fix have you done lately that was -worth- it to you?

1.18.2013

More Scire Plushes

I've been using up even more scrap yarn with my Scire Plushes pattern--just wanted to show up the newest additions!


My students still LOVE them. I'm teaching new classes at the school I teach at in the morning, and when I showed the students a picture of the top score prize, they were super excited! It's such a win-win situation.

1.16.2013

Futurama Quilt--The character faces

To make the Futurama quilt, I first had to decide to fabric sizes. I did not want to make anything too big or too complicated, but I still wanted  a usable blanket. I decided on 12.5" cut (12" finished) blocks, 3.5" cut (3" finished) squares at the corners, and 3.5 x 12.5" posts in between (3 x 12" finished). The quilt would be 3x4 blocks, and the black and white squares would alternate like a chessboard.

Since I know that most people probably do not want to air-dry a quilt (even though they should), I made to pre-wash my fabric in the hottest water possible, and I made sure to dry it in the dryer. That way there will be no shrinking after it is washed a second time.

I cut 6 white blocks, and I also cut 6 black blocks. I looked online for pictures of just the characers head. I wanted 2 to face left (they would be on the right side), 2 to face right (they would be on the left side), and two mostly looking forward (they would be in the center). I did some minor image editing to make sume all black and white, and I also resized them so the faces were all about the same size. I then printed each one out on paper.


I taped the paper template on my cutting mate, and then I taped the white fabric square over it. I debated between fabric paint and markers, and I settled on a fabric marker because it was far easier and less messy to do. I used this fabric marker for both the first and second quilt, but it was wearing out by the last two blocks. I traced over each one and left it to dry.





Here are the finished 6! Next up would be piecing the top!